National Conservation Plan

National Conservation Plan

November 18, 2014 18:00 ET

Harper Government Invests In Round II Recreational Fisheries Conservation Projects In Okanagan-Shuswap

The Government of Canada has invested up to $18 million to date to restore recreational fisheries habitat through the National Conservation Plan

SALMON ARM, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Nov. 18, 2014) - The Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Shuswap, Colin Mayes, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced that, under the second round of the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program, the Government of Canada is providing $31,300 to the British Columbia Conservation Foundation to conserve fish habitat in Shuswap Lake.

The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program was announced in Economic Action Plan 2013 to support fisheries habitat restoration projects led by recreational fishing and angling groups, as well as conservation organizations. Given its early success and high demand, an additional investment in Economic Action Plan 2014 increased the funding available through the program to a total investment of $25 million.

On May 15, 2014, the National Conservation Plan was launched to provide a more coordinated approach to conservation efforts across the country. Since 2006, the Government of Canada has taken important steps to conserve and restore our country's natural environment and connect Canadians to our rich natural heritage. To date, the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program has invested nearly $6 million under Round I in 94 fisheries habitat restoration projects across Canada, an additional 128 projects under Round II are receiving up to $5.5 million. Most recently under Round III up to $6.8M was committed for over 80 projects nationally to be undertaken between 2014 and 2016. The fourth round of funding applications is now open until December 12, 2014. Details about the program can be found on the Program's Web site (www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/pnw-ppe/rfcpp-ppcpr/index-eng.html) where you can also sign up for updates.

Quick Facts

  • Under the first round of the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program, up to $1,813,000 had been made available for 28 projects in B.C.
  • Under the second round of the program, up to $1,528,000 will be made available to 32 projects in B.C.
    • The British Columbia Conservation Foundation is receiving $31,300 to remove more than 20 derelict docks on Shuswap Lake to restore near-shore spawning and rearing fish habitat. The project is also improving foreshore habitat by re-establishing natural beach contours and protecting banks from erosion. The work will improve about 1,000 square metres of habitat for salmon, as well as rainbow trout and lake char.

Quotes

"Our Government is committed to supporting the individuals and organizations who are working along the shores of lakes, rivers and streams across this country to protect and restore fishing habitats for future generations. Recreational fishing is an important economic activity which attracts thousands of visitors to Canada and contributes billions of dollars to our economy every year. The projects funded by the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program will benefit Canadian communities for years to come."

Colin Mayes, Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Shuswap

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